Solace by Belinda McKeon

This is a decent novel about young professionals coming of age in today’s Ireland and dealing with the tensions between generations, between town and country and between families that flow from the sudden transition from relative national poverty to being a leading edge, affluent EU country.

It is a little superficial at times – the characters are a bit two dimensional. But it is well paced and nicely written, though the ending is, perhaps necesssarily, inconclusive. There is a also a major event that somehow doesn’t add anything to the plot, even though it is extremely dramatic.

But a good holiday read.

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